Archive for January, 2016

Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Common Reasons for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

A 2015 survey conducted by Medscape reveals the most common causes of medical malpractice. Nearly four thousand primary care physicians and specialists participated in the survey. Survey participants were fairly evenly distributed among age groups, but there were a much larger number of male participants (70%) than female participants (30%). One of the things that this study revealed is the percentage of doctors who are sued for malpractice, which is just under sixty percent. The study also shows that over half of the time, it is not a single doctor who is named as a party in a medical malpractice suit, but rather a group of doctors and other parties.

The two most common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits are equally common, with thirty one percent of lawsuits being related to failures to diagnose and thirty one percent of lawsuits being associated with abnormal injuries. Some of the specific types of claims that were made in those categories are failure to diagnose cardiac emergency and late or missed cancer diagnosis. Other common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits include failure to treat, medication errors, poor documentation, lack of informed consent, and failure to follow safety procedures. Some of the specific types of cases that are included in the aforementioned categories are postoperative infections, birth defects, hospital room falls, and injury or death during surgery.

An interesting outcome of the Medscape study is that it sheds some light on how long medical malpractice cases typically take from start to finish. Just under twenty percent of the doctors involved in the study reported that their medical malpractice cases took less than a year. Over thirty percent of the cases were resolved in between one and two years’ time. Approximately the same amount of cases lasted for three to five years, and a few doctors reported that their medical malpractice cases lasted longer than five years.

One of the things that doctors talked about during their participation in the Medscape study is whether they planned to take any action to change the way that they practiced medicine in order to serve their patients better and avoid future medical malpractice lawsuits. Many of the doctors involved in the survey said that they planned to be more meticulous about documentation. Others plan to improve the ways in which they communicate with patients, including making more time to discuss patients’ questions and concerns.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Helping Mississippi Medical Malpractice Victims

If you were injured or someone that you love was killed as the result of medical malpractice, you are likely to have many questions. Medical malpractice cases can be complicated, but with the right help, you can pursue compensation against the individual or group of individuals who may be responsible for your injury or loss. The Mississippi Medical Malpractice Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you find the answers that you need. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Accidents Involving Fuel Tankers

Friday, January 15th, 2016

A recent Mississippi accident involving a fuel tanker closed roads near the accident scene for hours while emergency personnel cleaned up the debris and the spilled fuel. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of the truck and ran into the median. This accident illustrates the dangers of tanker truck accidents, particularly tanker truck accidents involving tankers that are carrying fuel or other hazardous materials.

Tanker trucks that carry liquid cargo are at risk for being involved in an accident any time they are out on the road, just like any other vehicle. The accident risks that apply to other vehicles, such as driver error, distracted driving, and driver fatigue apply to these trucks, and they also have some unique characteristics that can pose additional accident risks. The driver of any type of tractor trailer can lose control of their vehicle when the load in or on the trailer shifts. In the case of a tanker carrying liquid cargo such as fuel, the liquid can slosh from side to side, increasing the risk of a rollover. This risk can be reduced by driving the truck with a full tank, taking turns slowly, and braking slowly and steadily, but those things are not always possible. For that reason, many tankers are designed with baffle systems inside of the tanks which can reduce the amount of liquid cargo movement and consequently reduce the risk of a rollover accident.

Accidents involving tanker trucks can cause serious injury and death. Sometimes, the only vehicle involved in the accident is the tanker truck. At other times, though, passenger vehicles are involved. Drivers who share the roads with tankers and tractor trailers should be aware that accidents involving tractor trailers and tankers bring more people to the accident scene than police, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel. When a tanker or a tractor trailer is involved in an accident, the trucking company that owns the truck sends its own accident response team to the accident scene to collect information.

What drivers need to know about people associated with trucking company accident response teams is that their presence at the accident scene is solely for the benefit of the trucking company. Accident response teams often include investigators, attorneys, and other professionals. When they arrive at the accident scene, they begin collecting information that they can use to defend the trucking company against claims for liability, such as the claim that you might file if you were injured in the accident. Since the members of the accident response team work for the trucking company, they do not have your best interest in mind. You are under no obligation to speak with any of them. You may either politely refuse to speak to them altogether or you may ask them to speak with your attorney. If you can, gather information about the accident on your own by taking pictures of the accident scene and making notes as soon after the accident as possible, so that you can remember the details of the accident at a later time.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Trucking Accident Attorneys Serving Clients Throughout Mississippi

The attorneys who represent trucking companies are skilled at defending their clients against the claims of trucking accident victims. Fortunately, the Mississippi Trucking Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you to build a strong case of your own.  To learn more about how we can help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.


Mississippi Workplace Liability Attorneys Discuss Injuries Caused by Overexertion

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

One of the most common causes of workplace injuries year after year is overexertion. Overexertion involves pushing the body past its physical limits in some way. Lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and engaging in repetitive motions are some of the ways that people exert themselves at work, and sometimes those exertions go too far. It is estimated that injuries caused by overexertion cost employers over fifteen billion dollars in 2013 alone.

Injuries that are caused by overexertion can be either acute or chronic in nature. Many cases of acute pain can be remedied with treatment, although in some cases, particularly where the injury was caused by a repetitive motion, the pain can become chronic, resulting in conditions like osteoarthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It is important that workers in all professions understand the risks associated with overexertion injuries, because they are not strictly limited to occupations that require a great deal of physical labor like construction or forestry. Plenty of individuals who work mainly in an office environment sustain overexertion injuries, either related to repetitive motions like typing or related to the occasional exertion like lifting a heavy package.

Fortunately, many overexertion injuries are preventable. Workplace training programs often address potential overexertion risks and educate employees about how they can avoid overexerting themselves by using safe work practices like team lifting and practicing good posture, taking recurrent breaks, and knowing their personal physical limitations and choosing to work within those limitations.

Some types of injuries that are related to overexertion are caused by fatigue. Fatigue affects many Americans, as they push their minds and bodies past their limits trying to get as much done each day as they possibly can. While an occasional late night at the office is not likely to cause an injury, getting insufficient rest on a regular basis can put a person at risk for accidents and injuries. Fatigue increases the likelihood that a person will make a poor decision regarding exertion or they will not realize that lack of sleep has sapped their strength and attempt to exert themselves in a way that their body simply cannot accommodate at that time.

Just as fatigue can increase an individual’s risk of overexertion, dehydration and hypoglycemia also increase overexertion risk. Sometimes, workers feel as though they are too busy to eat or drink at work. Unfortunately, this can lead to severe dehydration, especially in workplaces where the jobs are physically demanding, or hypoglycemia, if employees go without eating for prolonged periods of time.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Supporting Mississippi Workplace Liability Plaintiffs

If you experienced an overexertion injury at work, you may be facing a long road to recovery. Fortunately, you may be able to recover for the damages that you have suffered. A successful claim for damages related to your workplace injury could help you to focus on your physical recovery by giving you the financial resources that you will need for medical care and other expenses as you heal. If you have questions about injuries caused by overexertion or any other type of workplace injuries, the Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you.  Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Road Conditions and Accident Risk

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Have you ever noticed that certain intersections or stretches of roadway seem to be the sites of many accidents? For example, Highway 12 in Starkville is considered one of the most dangerous roads in North Mississippi. Unfortunately, not every dangerous intersection or stretch of road is redesigned or improved as soon as the increased risk of accidents in an area is apparent. Fortunately, Highway 12 in Starkville will soon undergo some changes that are likely to make it a much safer place to drive.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation plans to replace parts of the long two-way turn lane with raised, landscaped medians. Raised medians provide additional safety for pedestrians, and they also provide drivers with contrasting scenery that requires that they pay attention in order to know where to make their turns. The planned improvements to Highway 12 also include installing better traffic signals and reworking certain driveways. It is estimated that work on the Highway 12 project could begin in 2017.

Highway 12 is not the only dangerous road in Mississippi. There are other places throughout the state where, for any one of a number of reasons, an increased number of accidents occur. Some of these accident “hot spots” may be the sites of numerous accidents because of roadway defects. Roadway defects are not often discussed as a cause of motor vehicle crashes, but they actually do cause many accidents throughout our nation every year.

There are a variety of types of unsafe road conditions which can cause motor vehicle accidents, including design flaws, construction defects, and maintenance issues like potholes, cracks, and eroded shoulders. For example, Mississippi has many miles of roadways which require constant care and maintenance. While it is true that road crews work hard to keep up with the repairs, there are often more areas that need repair or maintenance at any given time than can be attended to promptly. Some roadway defects that could be considered design flaws under modern engineering standards were considered safe when the roads were designed many years ago. Redesigning roadways and doing the work that is needed to make them safer takes a great deal of time and money, so it is a continuous process.

When motorists encounter roadway defects, there is a risk that an accident may occur. Poorly designed on and off ramps, busy intersections, confusing signs, improper road drainage, potholes, cracked pavement, and inadequate lighting are just a few of the roadway defects that have been shown to cause accidents. Additionally, roads that are under construction are some of the most hazardous places to drive. Work zones are constantly being rearranged as road repair projects proceed towards completion. Lane closures, detours, and other changes can make traveling on a road one day a completely different experience than it was the day before.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Help for Mississippi Accident Victims

When a road defect is fully or partially to blame for an accident, the state and local government entities that are responsible for maintaining the road could possibly be held liable for the victims’ injuries. Pursuing a claim against a governmental entity can be daunting and time consuming, unless you have a Mississippi automobile accident attorney as your ally. The Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys of the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.